US Soccer: Can The US Head to The Sweet 16?

Sports WriterCorrespondent IDecember 15, 2009

NEW YORK - DECEMBER 04:  Professional soccer player and member of the US National Soccer Team Landon Donovan poses for photos at the FIFA World Cup final draw viewing event hosted by Visa at ESPN Zone in Times Square on December 4, 2009 in New York City.  (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images for Visa)
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The Groups are set, the matches are set, and the United States lucked out.

The United States have been placed in Group C, along with favored England, Algeria, and Slovenia.

This is not the "group of death", as some call it, but that does not mean the United States has an easy ride.

The first match for the U.S. on June 12th is crucial, as they take on England. England is favored to win the group.

England is looking to avoid the same fate of 60 years ago, when the United States pulled off a major 1-0 upset over England in a World Cup match.

The United States will surely have thier eye on England stars Wayne Rooney and Frank Lampard.

After thier match with England, the United States will take on Slovenia on June 18th, then Algeria on June 23rd.

While the United States is favored to place second in this group, you can not count out Slovenia and Algeria who have already shocked many by making it to group play.

Algeria is back on the world stage after a 24 year absence from the World Cup. They have great talent including mid-fielder Karim Ziani who won a championship with German's Wolfsburg.

Slovenia were surprise winners when they defeated Russia 2-1 to make it to group play. There main threat, Milvoje Novakovic, who plays in Germany with FC Cologne.

The United States team looks to be in good shape heading into the World Cup and should have great momentum after a great surprising performance in the Confederations Cup with there victory over top ranked Spain, and a near win against Brazil.